Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Rigging Question

eric freedman


Did you try tightening the outhaul when the sail ids furled?

Fair Winds,


Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite


[] On Behalf Of Roger Banks
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 8:27 PM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Rigging Question

Hi Tony

Can you not either slacken or tighten the halyard tension so that the
mainsail would not be suspended loosely. In the later added goiot
(maybe the word you are looking for) on my older boat, there is no
room for the sail to slop around, but certainly the main halyard
controls its tension.

Regards, Roger, Mango 28 Zorba

On 22/08/2006, at 8:31 AM, agav8ter wrote:

Thank you Gary for the reply.

I did obtain an Amel CD. It is for the SM but has a different
engine, battery charger and some other things than my boat #266. I
was able to read and understand the way to change the tension on the
halyards (I do not have the Amel loop for the main). I was not
abale to find info on the (for the lack of the proper term) furling
tubes. I can see by looking through the sail slot on the main that
the entire furled sail is gently going back and forth as we swing on
the hook, with the entire mass "slapping" the inside of the mast.
When slepping forward it has the soft sound of doom, doom, doom as
it hits. It's the reference to DOOM that has me concerned!

Thanks again for the reply and I am all ears for for info.

SM #266

--- In amelyachtowners@ <>, amelliahona <no_reply@...>

Hi Tony:

It would be a good idea to get the owners manual for your boat.
It is full of very useful
information. Amel also produced a CD ROM that has the entire SM
owners manual in it
and could be shipped to you easily for viewing on you computer.
Just Email Amel at their
web site address and or call them and I am sure that you can
obtain the manual and/or CD
ROM from them.

The main and mizzen halyards are tensioned in different ways. The
mizzen halyard is
taken on the mizzen mast port side winch, then you release port
side clutch where the
halyard exits the mast. You tension the halyard, without load on
the mizzen sail, until the
tack lacings near the furling gear box are taught. Set the clutch
and stow the excess

The main halyard requires a looped piece of line, originally
supplied by Amel and of the
same color code as the main halyard, that attaches to the track
mounted car on the
starboard side of the main mast. Take tension off the car with
the looped line taken to
one of the main mast winches (usuallly I use the larger lower
one), disengage the locking
pin, tension the halyard until the sail's tack lacings are taught
and the locking pin engages
one of the track holes. Again is is important to have the sail
unfurled and without load on
it (luffing) while you tension the halyard. This is all easier
done than described. Amel
recommends that you ease the halyard tensions when the sails won't
be used for some

Even with the halyards properly tensioned I still hear some
slapping at times within the
masts. This is most likely the wires that run up the interior
forward sections of the masts
slapping back and forth as the boat pitches, rather than the sails
themselves. I have been
a little worried about wire chafe from this slapping but I am
unsure what steps to take to
resolve it. Anybody else have suggestions on this?

I hope this helps.

Regards, Gary Silver

Hello fellow Amel sailors,

I own a SM #266, but do not have any of the (Amel)manuals for

Recently when the sails are furled I can hear the rolled up mass
gently banging against the inside of both the main and mizzen
masts. I would like to know how to tighen the internal rig to
the (I don't know the correct name) aluminum tube that the sail
hanked to tighter to stop the banging. On the main mast Stbd
there is a fixture that is on a slide. There is a line on it
goes through the mast and to a winch. Is this where I get the
desired tension? What is the correct tension? How about the

Thanks in advance for your help!

SM #266
currently at anchor, Store Bay, Tobago

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